Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WI), the daughter of former VP Dick Cheney and Lynne Cheney, reacted to the MAGA insurrection by showing that she was not willing to march to the same lemming beat as die-hard Trumpers. She urged her fellow party members to distance themselves from Trump’s ego and his refusal to heed the constitution, and that led the House GOP to voice-boot her from leadership. She’s continued to decline to bend the knee to Trump, and her efforts have earned the respect of former president George W. Bush, who has apparently peeved the heck out of Trump in the process.
What was Dubya’s grave offense? He will help Cheney fundraise during a Dallas event in mid October. He’s decided to do so (according to Bush spokesman Freddy Ford via CNBC) because he “is impressed by Liz Cheney’s strength and vision, and he’s proud to support her.” Ford also added that GWB “has historically helped a few key candidates and friends each cycle,” yet his support of Cheney appears to be a huge statement, given how the GOP has largely pounced upon her due to her Trump resistance.
And yeah, Trump is pretty upset. That’s no real surprise here, but the results are, well, bizarre. Mediaite first reported that a Thursday night Trump email to his subscriber list contained a heck of a petty move. The subject line of the email: “ICYMI: Must-See Photo.” The image itself is a spliced up photo of GWB with Cheney’s hair, glasses, and so on. This, obviously, caused some shock, as relayed by The Independent reporter Andrew Feinberg.
What is happening? pic.twitter.com/bDt1gFtKVQ
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) September 24, 2021
In case you were wondering whether this is real, yes, it is. Here’s a screencap of Trump’s website, where it’s been proudly posted.
So, “deranged” is one way this photoshop is being described. As for several others, they’re noting that this guy once held the nuclear codes.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) September 24, 2021
We entrusted the man behind this meme with our nuclear codes, our national security, our Military and the safety of the American people. The level of immaturity is such. I really don't get how some people can look at this and think this is ok.
This, isn't, normal.
— 0z–– (@torresbust1) September 24, 2021
Is this when he finally acts presidential?? Looking at you mainstream media, who played along for five years.
— practically perfect in every way 🇺🇸 (@mimilahr) September 24, 2021
I mean…this kind of thing helps explain the multiple failures and bankruptcies. But this guy had nuclear codes?
— The Pirate (@ThePirate_Man) September 24, 2021
"If he is our nominee, we will be destroyed and we will deserve it." – Lindsey Graham
— CathyO (@cathyob1) September 24, 2021
Seriously he freakin had the Nuke codes at one time!
— It’s MY Life… (@itsmylifetlktlk) September 24, 2021
It’s so bizarre. He’s like a mean tween.
— Deb D. (@DebraDeLucas) September 24, 2021
Internet culture has eaten the soul of The American Right.
— Dr Smokter (@DSmokter) September 24, 2021
Yet is it this move going over well with Trump’s audience? I was able to find one very excited tweeter out there.
Trump just absolutely SAVAGED Liz Cheney and George Bush pic.twitter.com/hcVFtVRLpc
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 23, 2021